Rapid Reaction: Rangers 5, Avalanche 1

NEW YORK -- If the rampant trade speculation has rattled Ryan Callahan, he sure did not show it Tuesday night.

The 28-year-old captain, who is locked in a contract stalemate with the team, tallied twice in the New York Rangers’ 5-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche at Madison Square Garden.

Callahan also picked up a primary assist on Brad Richards' third-period goal, finishing the night with three points as he led his surging Rangers squad to its fourth consecutive victory.

Piling on: Already with a 3-1 lead, the Rangers added an insurance goal early in the third period with a fluke bounce that provided even more breathing room. Mats Zuccarello picked up his second assist of the night after a no-look feed to Derick Brassard set up a shot at the left post off Ryan O'Reilly's skate 1:58 into the final frame. Brad Richards piled on for a 5-1 lead with 1:36 in regulation.

Power outage: Despite the offensive outburst, the Rangers continue to come up short on the power play as they finished their fifth straight game without a man-up goal. They are now 0-for-13 during that span, the longest stretch this season they have gone without scoring on the power play.

Stralman strikes: Anton Stralman's first goal of the season was a big one as he helped the Rangers reclaim a 3-1 lead in the second period soon after the Avalanche pulled within a goal. After Gabriel Landeskog's power-play marker at 6:37, Stralman responded with a shot from inside the blue line less than a minute later. Like Callahan and fellow right-handed defenseman Dan Girardi, Stralman is also an impending unrestricted free agent. It was his first goal since April 19, 2013.

Proud Papa: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and his wife Lindsay celebrated the birth of their first child -- daughter Anna Veralyn -- Tuesday morning, but the new dad was back on the ice just hours later for the puck drop.

Late addition: A game-time decision with an ankle injury that kept him out of the sideline for two games, center Paul Stastny returned to the lineup for the Avalanche. He recorded his 24th assist of the season on Landeskog’s second-period marker.